Taiwo Momoh, the woman that was stopped by the police in Lagos from committing suicide today has said a debt burden of N18.7million was the main reason she wanted to do it.
Mr Fatai Owoseni, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, told newsmen in Lagos that Momoh was in a taxi heading toward Oworonshoki, while on Third Mainland Bridge she told the taxi driver to stop.
Owoseni said the woman was about to jump into the lagoon but was quickly rescued by a police patrol team on a routine patrol having sighted her and held her before she could do so.
“She attempted suicide by trying to jump into the Lagoon around Oworonshoki inwards Mainland on Third Mainland Bridge, but she was rescued,“he said.
The commissioner of police said from his interaction with the woman, she wanted to commit the act base on depression as a result of unpaid loans.
The 58 years old woman in an account published by P.M.NEWS said her indebtedness of N18.7 million to her Swiss partner forced her to want to end her life.
The lady, who lives in Lekki Lagos, disclosed that she was pushed to committing suicide in order to put an end to her constant sleeplessness and shame occasioned by her indebtedness to three Swiss textile dealers.
She recounted that her problem began sometimes in 2015, when a Bureau De Change dealer carted away her N18.7 million she wanted to change to pay her foreign creditors.
She added that the creditors had given her Swiss textiles worth several millions of naira, noting that she had maintained good relationship with the creditors for more than 15 years.
Her condition, she said became compounded when robbers invaded her shop on Lagos Island carting away most of the textiles that was left with her.
Momoh narrated her ordeal of sleepless nights and often seeing the ghosts of the creditors whenever she was alone.
Momoh, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, disclosed that on several occasions she had attempted to see her Parish Pastor to identify with her problem and for the church to help her raise money to meet her Swiss creditors in order to assure them that she would pay their money but to no avail as she was only allowed to see the second in command, which had yielded no fruits.
“Added to all these, my first son, whom I felt would stand by me and console me abandoned me. By the time I’m gone, maybe he would come around and inherit what is left. I don’t want to use my debt and death to disturb anybody. I was in the shop this morning and I have looked everywhere and estimated what is there.
“I think, with my house, a bungalow, those I am leaving behind can still live comfortably. I want to go and meet God. This world is empty”, she stated.
“I won’t because I want to get rich join cult group. I go my way and I don’t socialize unnecessarily. I was a Muslim, I have because of this problem been jumping from one faith to the other. The problem is too much for me to bear. I want to go back to God.
“That is why I have dressed very simply. I am ready to meet Him. If He cannot address my problem on earth, let me go back to Him,” she narrated
The Lagos police chief Owoseni noted that committing suicide was an offence under the law but that the police would try to talk the woman out of committing suicide.
He said the woman would be taken through post-trauma programme to ensure that her hope will be revived and not commit suicide. The commissioner added that the police would do a medical evaluation on her to ascertain her condition.
Owoseni said that the police had begun the patrol of bridges across the state to forestall other suicide.
“henceforth, it would be an offence for individuals to walk on bridges in the state, and that no vehicle would be allowed to stop on any bridge to prevent suicides”.